Looking to make a sub 700$ rig

Hello everyone! This is my first attempt at trying to piece together my own rig. I've got little experience, other than swapping out RAM, so bear with me.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Movies, Surfing the Web, writing papers

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, tigerdirect.com


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD setup, primarily

OVERCLOCKING: Not initially, maybe in the future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not for some time, maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 max (using an HDTV as a monitor), 1280x800 works for me too, any setting for HDTV aspect ratio

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I was hoping to upgrade to a DirectX 11 compatible video card, but I can live with DirectX 10.1

I'm looking to make my setup fast, while trying not to sacrifice too much in performance or graphics, if you please.

And now for something completely different:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support - Retail

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

I'm looking to run Star Trek Online at mid to high video settings, while not taking a steep toll on speed. Mass Effect 2, Dawn of War 2 and Starcraft 2 are on my hit list for the future.

I appreciate all comments, tips and criticism! Thanks for your help!

[EDIT] Forgot the video card. lol
[EDIT] Changed the video card.
[EDIT] Changed the Processor to an AM3 instead of AM2+
[EDIT] Changed the case for 2 120mm fans
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  1. What graphics card your going to use? you have nothing listed there..
    But by the looks of it nice solid build right now
  2. p1n3apqlexpr3ss said:
    What graphics card your going to use? you have nothing listed there..
    But by the looks of it nice solid build right now

    My mistake, in my haste to post, I forgot to add the video card.

    XFX GeForce GTS 250 Core Edition Video Card - 1024MB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, (2) DVI, SLI Ready

    Thanks for the reply!
  3. Unless you really want the free COD4, i wouldnt really recommend that card, you can get a much better performing ATI 5770 for just a few dollars more and it will most likely come with a free voucher code for Dirt 2 :)
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